Skills

Skills

BCIA is developing skills for the brown coal industry through new training opportunities with our industry and education partners. We aim to secure the scientific, engineering and trades expertise needed to develop low-emissions brown coal technologies.

SKILLS DEVELOPMENT
Building workforce capability and capacity is vital in tackling the environmental challenges associated with the exploitation of Australia's vast brown coal resource. BCIA’s skills portfolio will also advance our nation's research standing in this important field and help to secure our future economic prosperity.

BUILDING THE FUTURE WORKFORCE
BCIA is developing skills for the brown coal industry through new training opportunities with our industry and education partners. We aim to secure the scientific, engineering and trades expertise needed to develop low-emissions brown coal technologies.

Research Leader Fellowships
BCIA Research Fellowships are awarded to outstanding researchers of international repute who can provide a significant leadership and mentoring role in building Australia's internationally-competitive research capacity within the brown coal innovation sector.

Awarded Fellowships
In 2010, BCIA allocated $1 million over four years for two fellowships; Dr Klaus Hein and Dr Alan Chaffee. Monash University and HRL Technology Pty Ltd provided ~$3.3 million in direct and indirect support for Professor Hein's Fellowship programme. Monash University provided a further $3.2 million in direct and indirect support for Professor Chaffee's Fellowship programme.

For more detail on awarded BCIA fellowships, go to MEDIA RELEASES

POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS
BCIA's prestigious postgraduate research scholarships are developing the nation's future scientists and are part of our commitment to strategic investment in skills development to secure the scientific, engineering and trades expertise required for the development of new low-emissions brown coal technologies.

BCIA has regularly invited PhD candidates at Australia's leading universities to submit applications for research scholarship funding. Applications for BCIA postgraduate research scholarships are assessed by the
BCIA Research Advisory Committee and reviewed by the BCIA Board who awarded the scholarships.

For more detail on allocated BCIA scholarships, go to MEDIA RELEASES

2013–2014 Round BCIA PhD Scholarship Recipients
PhD Candidate
Host Institution
Project Topic
Manabendra Saha
The University of Adelaide
Experimental and computational study of solid fuels under MILD combustion
Article written for BCIA (2015) 'MILD Combustion of Pulverised Brown Coal'
Article written for BCIA (2016) 'Overview of Victorian brown coal under MILD combustion conditions'
Anthony De Girolamo
Monash University
Developing advanced computer modelling program for the prediction of brown coal ash slagging / fouling propensity under oxy-fuel combustion mode
Baiqian Dai
Monash University
Coal blending combustion and gasification – the mixing of beneficiated brown coal and high-rank bituminous coal
Tao Xu
Monash University
Development of oxygen-blown entrained glow gasification for use with a range of Victorian brown coals
Biplob Saha
Monash University
Optimising fertiliser formulation utilising brown coal, biomass wastes, and conventional fertilisers
Article written for BCIA (2015) 'Urea-coal blends and plant trial for P-humate blends'
Hiep Lu
The University of Melbourne
The impact of impurities on the performance of cellulose acetate membranes for CO2 separation
Rahul Chowdhury
Federation University
Degradation of amine solvent by reactions with metal surfaces and fly ash during post-combustion capture of CO₂
 Article written for BCIA (2017) 'The effect of Victorian brown coal fly-ash on Solvent Degradation during Post-Combustion Capture of CO₂'
Adeel Ghayur
Federation University
Environmental management of new process streams from post-combustion capture of CO2 in the Latrobe Valley
Article written for BCIA 'Latrobe Valley Industrial Ecology for CO₂ utilisation: some preliminary reflections'
Amandeep Oberoi
RMIT
Reversible electrochemical storage of hydrogen in activated carbons from Victorian brown coal and other precursors
Article written for BCIA (2016) 'Electrochemical storage of hydrogen in activated carbon made from brown coal'
Rahmat Dirgantara
RMIT
Development of brown coal geopolymer concrete
Article written for BCIA (2015) 'Development of Brown Coal Geopolymer Concrete'


2012 Round BCIA PhD Project Placements
PhD Candidate
Host Institution
Project Topic
Mamun Mollah
Monash University
Blast furnace coke from lignite
Lachlan Siddor
Monash University
Carbon materials from Victorian brown coal for CO2 capture
Kazi Bayzid Kabir
Monash University
Catalytic steam gasification and assessment of dimethyl ether
Article written for BCIA (2013) 'Synthesis of Liquid Fuel Following Gasification of Victorian Brown Coal'


2010–2011 Round BCIA PhD Scholarship Recipients
PhD Candidate
Host Institution
Project Topic
Hirra Azher
The University of Melbourne
Development of membrane processes for the recovery of water from flue gas streams
Article written for BCIA (2013) 'Water Recovery from Brown Coal Using Membrane Separation Processes'
Hui-En Teo
The University of Melbourne
Novel coal dewatering techniques
Article written for BCIA (2012) 'A Novel Dewatering Approach to Victorian Brown Coal'
Alicia Reynolds
Monash University
Identification and monitoring of by-products generated from amine based solvents and adsorbents during post-combustion CO2 capture (PCC) from brown coal flue gases
Article written for BCIA (2012)'Understanding the Effects of Post-Combustion CO2 Capture on the Environment '
Karen Little
Monash University
Sustainable soil carbon and soil health through brown coal-derived products
Article written for BCIA (2012) 'Sustainable Soil Health and Soil Carbon Through Victorian Brown Coal-Derived Products'
Adam Rady
Monash University
Evaluation of Victorian brown coals as fuel for direct carbon fuel cells (DCFC)
Article written for BCIA (2012) 'Evaluation of Victorian Brown Coal as Fuel for Direct Carbon Fuel Cells (DCFC)'
Article written for BCIA (2014) 'Why Direct Carbon Fuel Cells Love Victorian Brown Coal'
Joanne Tanner
Monash University
Brown coal derived syngas generation for utilization in higher value product processes
Article written for BCIA (2013) 'International Collaborative Research at PhD Level – Opportunities and Advantages'


INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL FELLOWSHIPS
These fellowships enable industry and research organisation personnel to attend key international conferences and/or work on major international R&D projects. The aim is to enable learning and experience.

SHORT COURSES
Support is provided through sponsorship or co-sponsorship for executive, management and/or trades education and training. This support is available to companies, tertiary institutions and TAFEs to help meet the education and training needs of local industries.